Its title may be The Doors, but Oliver Stone's film ostensibly about the influential 1960s rock group might more accurately be called Jim Morrison: Portrait of a Douchebag. The other three members of The Doors (Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore) barely register in Stone's drug-soaked opus, which often resembles the muddled headspace of its main character. The movie could have used a break from Morrison's egotistical ramblings, but instead of chronicling the tumultuous career of The Doors, Stone chronicles Morrison's every volatile outburst and psychedelic freakout, minimizing the music in favor of glorifying Morrison's egocentric behavior.
No one depicted in the movie was particularly happy with how it turned out, and I'm willing to believe that Morrison wasn't as insufferable in real life as Stone and actor Val Kilmer make him in this movie. But spending a little over two hours with the guy is a real chore, from his supposedly formative experience as a child witnessing a group of Native Americans in a car accident (which leads to the recurring motif of Native American spirits appearing to him, memorably spoofed in Wayne's World 2), to his manner of courting his longtime girlfriend Pamela (Meg Ryan, seriously miscast) by following her home and climbing up onto her porch, to his numerous drug freakouts. It doesn't help that I'm less than impressed by the band's music as Serious Art, although Stone does little to win over any skeptics.
Kilmer gives a very spirited performance, to say the least, and it's hard to blame him for Morrison's excesses that were either real or written into the script or both. Kyle MacLachlan, Kevin Dillon and Frank Whaley, who play the other band members, don't really get much to do, and Ryan is never quite convincing as a free-spirited druggie. The whole movie comes off as a self-indulgent mess about a self-indulgent mess, and if anything made me less inclined than before to bother with the music of The Doors. Kilmer does do a pretty good approximation of Morrison's voice, at least.